Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington



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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


Around the Diocese

the Inland Register

(From the Nov. 13, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Walla Walla contest winners

Anthony Neal and Monica Daniel of Walla Walla, Wash., display their certificates honoring their achievements at the national level of the recent Catholic Daughters 2008 Education Contest. Neal took first place in Division III Music and third place in Division III Poetry. Daniel won third place in the Division III Essay category. Both previously took first place at state and at the local level in competition sponsored by St. Cecilia’s Court 668 in Walla Walla. (IR photo courtesy of Donna Wujek)

Colville Knights sponsor ‘The Gospel According to John’

The Colville Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a production of the one-man show The Gospel According to John, performed by Oregon actor, writer and director Leonardo Defilippis on Friday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. at the church, 320 N. Maple in Colville.

DeFilippis’s production draws the audience into an encounter with the mystical nature of the Gospel. Performing the presentation “is a very moving and awe-inspiring experience,” said DeFilippis. “To speak the words of Christ night after night has been life-changing for me personally.”

The event is suitable for those age 7 and up. A free-will donation will be taken.

Blessing the animals

To help celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi last month, Father Gustavo Ruiz, pastor of the parishes in Brewster and Twisp, blessed pets and other animals belonging to parishioners. This was the third year for the blessing of the animals, which brought together about 15 cats and dogs, two chickens, and, pictured, Moma, described as “a very sweet-looking and well-behaved donkey.” (IR photo courtesy of Helmut Theimer)

Spokane Diocese cemeteries director elected to national post

Dennis Fairbank, director of Catholic Cemeteries for the diocese, has been elected to a two-year term as vice president of the national Catholic Cemetery Conference. Fairbank previously served as secretary of the Conference.

He has been director of the diocese’s cemeteries since September 2001. Prior to that he was manager of Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane, for 18 years, after 20 years with the Catholic cemeteries of the Seattle Archdiocese.


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